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Hello guys, this is my first post on the site so I hope you guys can help.

I'm beginning my first adventure into Google Maps and so far I'm not having any success.

Here's what I've done so far:
1. Acquired Map key in API v3 from the following URL

2. Entered the key and API version on our server via the WF Admin Console by following the IBI instructions at http://ecl.informationbuilders...r/source/topic49.htm

3. Created an WF procedure using the GUI tool.

4. When running the report I receive the Windows Alert message: Google has disabled use of the Maps API for this application. The provided key is not a valid Google API Key, or it is not autorized for the Google Maps Javascript API v2 on this site.

5. Banged my head against my desk.

6. Contacted Tech Support at IBI asking for a suggestion since Google only provides a v3 key now and has depreciated v2.

7. Banged my head against a wall at the lack of response from Tech Support.

After all of this, my main questions are following; IBI's documentation is specific to API v2. Google has depreciated v2 and only allows new keys in verion v3. Will this work the same? If so, why am I getting the messaged noted in #4 above? Are there any other resources that I can find online for help?

Any help you can offer would be appreciated.

7.6.10 PROD

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Posts: 26 | Location: Jackson, MS | Registered: January 22, 2010Report This Post
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Google's API Console still let's users get a version 2 API Key. You need to look for it and enable the option in their web console. Our interface requires a version 2 key.

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It took me a lot of poking around on Google's pages to get the API v2 key. I started here:

Which led to:
Obtaining an API Key

All Maps API applications should load the Maps API using an API key. Using an API key enables you to monitor your application's Maps API usage, and ensures that Google can contact you about your application if necessary. If your application's Maps API usage by exceeds the Usage Limits, you must load the Maps API using an API key in order to purchase additional quota.

To create your API key, visit the APIs Console at and log in with your Google Account.

Click the Services link from the left-hand menu, then activate the Google Maps API v2 service.

Once the service has been activated, your API key is available from the API Access page, in the Simple API Access section. Maps API applications use the Key for browser apps.

By default a key can be used on any site. We strongly recommend that you restrict use of your key only to domains you administer, to prevent use on unauthorized sites. You can specify which domains are allowed to use your API key by clicking the Edit allowed referrers... link for your key.  

It is convoluted. I needed a new key last month and succeeded using the console.
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